Ravens-Colts third-highest-rated show on TV last week at 29.6 million
NFL playoffs take top four spots for the week
Ray Lewis before his last home game at M&T Bank Stadium. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo)
The Washington-Seattle game finished first, with Green Bay and Minnesota second.
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For the third consecutive season, the Wild Card playoffs averaged more than 30 million viewers per game.
Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-Washington Redskins game on FOX drew 38.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched non-Olympic telecast since the Academy Awards (39.3 million on ABC, Feb. 26, 2012) and the third most-watched Wild Card game ever behind the 2011 AFC Wild Card on CBS (Steelers-Broncos, 42.4 million) and 2010 NFC Wild Card on FOX (Packers-Eagles, 39.3 million).
The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).
Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013
1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (Seahawks-Redskins), 38.1 million
2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Vikings-Packers), 30.3 million
3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Colts-Ravens), 29.6 million
4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Bengals-Texans), 23.6 million
5. The Big Bang Theory, 19.3 million
6. 2013 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin-Stanford), 17.0 million
7. Person of Interest, 16.2 million
8. Two And A Half Men, 15.4 million
9. New Years Rockin' Eve,13.3 million
10. 2013 Fiesta Bowl (Oregon-Kansas State),12.3 million
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company